The arts have long been proven to be a positive and healthy form of expression regardless of age, gender, and socio-economic background. Participating in visual arts can often aid in expressing experiences that are often too difficult to put into words.
In May of 2016 Lone Warriors introduced Operation TheraPic. Through photography our goal is to help provide another form of healing to our US Armed Forces Veterans suffering from not only internal scars such as PTSD, moral injury, Traumatic Brain Injury or transition anxiety but also the physical scars left behind due to their experiences while serving our country. Those who participate in our program are encouraged to take on our daily photo challenges as often as possible as well as regularly share the experiences they capture throughout their day to day journey so that we can appreciate the world through the eyes of a warrior.
In July of 2021 Lone Warriors also began including Gold Star Children, specifically those from the Vietnam War era, as participants within Operation TheraPic. Due to the young ages of so many at the time their Dad was killed, coping with the loss has become a lifelong struggle. Having seen the benefits that photography provided to US Armed Forces Veterans, our Founder Eric Fort (who is a Gold Star Son himself) knew it was important to add this special group of men and women, the Shadow Survivors - Gold Star Sons and Daughters, to the Operation TheraPic group.
If you are US Armed Forces Veteran or Gold Star Son/Gold Star Daughter and would like to participate in the Photo-Day-Challenge or you would like to share pictures of your day to day journey with us then visit the Lone Warriors Facebook page and share them with us there. Tips, techniques, tricks, etc will also be regularly shared for those interested in honing their skills or taking photography to the next level.
If you would like to see pictures that have been shared in the past please visit our Flickr page.
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." Elliott Erwitt
Amber C. - Wife of a retired US Army Veteran – Thanks to Lone Warriors for providing an amazing opportunity for my husband to enjoy the outdoors again.
Joe S. – Corporal, US Army - It has been a tremendous help for me. My wife was crying because I finally have something that peaks my interest and gets me wanting to go out.
Greg D. - US Army Veteran - I'm so lucky that others saw things in me that I did not see, or perhaps tried to cover up and act like I couldn't see. Big thanks to my wife for always standing by me and challenging me to be better every day. Huge thanks to Eric Fort and Operation TheraPic for blessing me last year with an amazing camera and fueling my passion for photography. Appreciate them for creating a community for those veterans who suffer, but don't use excuses and flourish when challenged.
Valerie B. – Wife of a retired US Army Veteran - He is just so excited about taking pictures, it is nice to see him like that! He is always outside and playing with the camera. Such a wonderful gift. Thank you so much!